if its not for display purpose and you just want to keep things from being scratched, just go to tool department at lowes or even sears and get you a roll of the tool box liner, cut to fit works great for sitting things on and not getting or causing scratches
I built a consumable liquid resting place thing when I was younger. Padded the front and cushiony edge with for real imitation Zebra,(I wanted the largest size) and those cool sticker things that have a big round head with a lot of flat sides. It was classy. Don't discount Zebra.